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image for Play item typeEssex Book Festival: Michael Frayn at Lakeside Theatre

Play, Fri 2 Mar 2018

Michael Frayn

Michael Frayn




University of Essex,
Wivenhoe Park,


Thirty-six comic sketches from the cherished playwright Michael Frayn, author of Noises Off and Skios. Pocket Playhouse brings the stage to the page, providing a tour de force of theatrical imagination and satire, revealing the author’s infectious delight in writing between the lines of theatre, fiction and comedy.

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Praise for Matchbox Theatre:

“[Matchbox Theatre] is a delicious jeu d’esprit, and every page is stamped with Frayn’s comic genius.” Sebastian Shakespeare, Tatler

“One of the few authors to have had huge success with both theatrical and novelistic fictions has combined the best of both in a lovely book.” Mark Lawson, Guardian

“He seems to be writing for the sheer pleasure of writing . . . It’s like watching the
?most abstract, highbrow TV sketch show you can imagine.” ?Marcus Berkmann, Spectator

Michael Frayn was born in London in 1933 and began his career as a journalist on the and the Guardian and Observer. His novels include Towards the End of the Morning, Headlong, Spies and Skios. His seventeen plays range from Noises Off, recently chosen as one of the nation’s three favourite plays, to Copenhagen, which won the 1998 Evening Standard Award for Best Play of the Year and the 2000 Tony Award for Best Play.

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Dates Times
Fri 2 Mar 2018


£5 (27yrs and under)

Events at this Venue

date event
Tue 30 - Wed 31 Jan Coming, Going
Thu 1 Feb Translunar Paradise
Thu 8 - Fri 9 Feb Doctor Faustus
Tue 13 - Wed 14 Feb A Reason to Carry On
Wed 14 Feb RSC Live: Twelfth Night
Thu 15 Feb A Dangerous Woman



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Map reference: TM 027238  Lat: 51.87590 Long: 0.94333

Situated with the University of Essex campus at Wivenhoe Park

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Wivenhoe station


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